Shoes on the Danube Promenade

Walking along the Danube promenade, on the Pest Side, we’ve run into one of the most touching memorials we’ve seen, the Shoes on the Danube Promenade. The monument is placed on the Danube’s embankment and it honors the Jewish victims that were shot into the Danube by the Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest, 1944-1945.

The memorial consists of 60 pairs of iron shoes,  symbolizing the shoes left behind by the victims. During World War II, shoes were pretty valuable belongings, so the victims were asked to take them off before the execution.

In Budapest, the Danube embankment was often used as execution spot so that the people would fall right into the river. It was the simplest way to get rid of the bodies.

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